February 22, 2013

Italy Is 'Exhibit A' of Europe's Deformed Democracy

The Guardian, The Guardian

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The European economic crisis and the austerity policies that came in its wake have had a deforming effect on democracy in almost every member state. Politicians in power have had to defend decisions they deem unavoidable even where they privately believe them to be wrong, hoping only to wrest a little popularity from marginal successes in limiting cuts or from blips here and there in the employment or the trade figures.

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